1. The Determined Runner- When I start to see the same people over and over again out on the trail or on the island I wonder if they are training for anything in particular. I've only had the courage to ever ask one person that question though. We had both finished at the same time and had parked next to each other. I of course would never stop someone during a run to ask them that! Turns out he was from the local college and just ran because he like to run! I'm always curious as to why people are running. I like to know what races they are doing too!
2. The Walker-One summer, when I was going to the island every morning, I would see an older gentleman walking around the path with a cane. He was there every day like clock work. Most times another man would come and meet him and walk with him. Every time I would run past, we would each wave. As the summer would go on, we eventually would exchange friendly banter as I ran by. I looked forward to seeing his friendly smile and it got to the point where if I didn't see him, I actually wondered about him and if he was okay. I wonder what he thought of me? Perhaps "There's that girl again".
3. The Watcher-There is a route that I have been doing for years around town near my parents. On this one particular street I always see a guy sitting on his chair on the porch. He is a fairly bigger guy that is connected to oxygen. Every time I pass by I give a friendly wave and say hello. He does the same while I continue to run by. I have to say I kind of look forward running by this street to say hello. I like to think I make his day a bit more pleasant. When he is not out, I wonder why? And hope that he is ok. I wonder what he thinks about me. “There goes that crazy runner girl. I don’t know how she does it ALL the time” Guess I will never know. It is not like I would ever stop and strike up a conversation with him.
4. The Struggling Runner- You are out on a run feeling good and you pass a fellow runner. You think to yourself, do I look like that when I run? They look like they are really struggling. They are breathing heavy, their form is off, and they are hunched over. You say to yourself, they will definitely be having knee problems in years to come! But then again they are doing it, and that’s all that matter. You do not know their story. Maybe they are coming off an injury, maybe they have really bad asthma, or maybe they just started taking up running. Again, you will never know because it’s not like you are going to stop to ask them.
We are linking up with the gals from TOTR.